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Mazzy Star

If psychedelic music had a voice in '90s post-punk, Mazzy Star may have been its strongest reincarnation. That doesn't necessarily mean that fans of the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead will find the band to their liking, however. Mazzy Star much preferred the dark side of psychedelia, as exemplified by the most distended tracks of the Doors and the Velvet Underground. Their fuzzy guitar workouts and plaintive folky compositions are often suffused in a dissociative ennui that is very much of the '90s, however much their textures may recall the drug-induced states of vintage psychedelia.

Although Mazzy Star was nominally a full band, they were basically the core duo of guitarist David Roback and singer Hope Sandoval with backing musicians. Roback boasts a long history in the paisley underground, with the Rain Parade and Opal. He came across Sandoval after hearing a tape she had made as part of a folky duo, Going Home. (The Going Home album that Roback subsequently produced remains unissued.) Sandoval ended up replacing Kendra Smith on Opal's final tours. After Opal dissolved, Roback and Sandoval continued to work together as Mazzy Star, and released their first album for Rough Trade, She Hangs Brightly, in 1990.

Rough Trade's U.S. branch went under shortly afterwards, but luckily Mazzy Star were picked up by Capitol, who kept the debut in print and issued their follow-up, 1993's So Tonight That I Might See. There isn't much to differentiate the two albums, though that's not necessarily a criticism. Both share similar strengths and weaknesses: appealingly dreamy and atmospheric arrangements, rambling distorted guitar workouts, and lyrics that mix the haunting and the meaninglessly vague. Tonight That I Might See had been around for about a year before it suddenly got hot, reaching the Top 40, and spinning off a small hit single, "Fade Into You." Even in the wake of this surprise success, Roback and Sandoval remained as enigmatic and aloof as their music, rarely submitting to interviews, and offering mysterious, unhelpful replies when journalists did manage to talk with them.

In 1996 they released their third album, Among My Swan, which presented a far more acoustic approach from Sandoval and Roback. They shunned the echoed, shoegaze-influenced guitars that featured heavily on much of their first two records and opted for a pared-down acoustic affair. The record also proved to be their last with major-label Capitol, and they parted ways. A year later the band went on hiatus and started work on alternative projects. Roback worked with Beth Orton on her album Central Reservation; while Sandoval appeared on the Jesus and Mary Chain's 1998 record Munki and went on to create Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O'Ciosoig. They returned briefly in 2000 for a mini-tour of Europe and in 2003 the duo performed together as part of Bert Jansch's 60th birthday celebrations in London.

A flurry of activity in the late 2000s saw their song "Into Dust" used on an advert for Virgin Media and then on a trailer for popular video game Gears of War 3, which propelled the song into the U.K. singles chart. This was shortly followed by the confirmation that Sandoval and Roback had been working on new material for a fourth album, and they released their first new material in 15 years when double-A-side single "Common Burn/Lay Myself Down" arrived in 2011. This was swiftly followed by a North American and European tour in 2012. The following year, details were announced for their fourth full-length record, titled Seasons of Your Day, which was expected in 2013. ~ Richie Unterberger & Scott Kerr, Rovi
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MartyvH,

Thanks, it really was something special. I can be in the middle of a s**tty day and it all changes if fade into you comes on. Puts me right back on a darkened deck. Rising and falling in time. Moments are fleeting but memories are ours always. Part of the power of music :-)
@osobrino66 Beautiful
Ethereal, comfortable, like floating in a warm sea and knowing your always close to shore. I watched a hoard of fllying fish in the bow wave of a boat on the way to Bimini to Fade Into You, Will never shake the image. It was dark,the moon shone off a thousand wings with every crest. Ebb and flow.
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary it actually works
I love this band so much. Hope is so beautiful
rey55
I saw this band twice in their recent tours in 2012 and 2013 and am absolutely impressed. The whole band is amazing with great vocals and musicianship . The pedal steel player blew me away!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on at-least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this at- least 5 songs in at-least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.you will get k.
We named our brooding, yet always pining, black fluffy cat after her in 95. That's Mazzy Star and that was Mazzy-- until last year. Bless both their hearts and the X that brought us all together that weekend.
mpadilla962
love this soothing music!
Fade into you was our wedding song!!!! still makes me cry
As a long time fan Mazzy Star has continually mesemerized me.The allure of her voice captures me everytime and everything else just fades outside of the atmosphere that she creates.
I love this group!
Loved their performance last November in portland oregon
This song goes right through me....saw them recently in Boston Paradise Rock Club....exce l l e n t sound system and mucianship.. . a n d of course that voice....Hau n t i n g . . . B u t in a good way!
Awesome song to relax to:)
Haunting, Mesmerizing, and beautiful
Hypnotic and wonderfully soothing... Please keep up what you feel to give us. Love your music.<><
Love-Making Music : Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See - entire album
NOTE TO SELF...I want this one for my film
Never heard her before : she seemed to have tuned into a frequency on life's radio the majority of the rest of us are still flipping through the variances - looking to find !
She is my addiction !
Keep coming back for more - haunting voice
katiecastrot o m
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on. The screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I always envision this song as an ending to a love movie as they both drive off into the sunset.
bc12786
don't say goodbye
i f**kin love mazzy star/hope sandoval , they're f**kin rad
So soothing.
wheretheside w a l k e n d s 9
Been listening to Mazzy since 1993. Saw them live for the First time this past autumn. This is always where I go when it all just gets too heavy.
Mellowed out.....kool
almost_fuzzy _ b a r e
Awesome, love this. Reminds me of Norah Jones!
The comparisons to 60s psychedelic is so shallow . This is much more along the lines of The Church. Under the milkyway tonight .
Such a beautiful soul you are, Mazzy Star
moneymandlc
Nora you are an inspiration to poets and lyricists everywhere ! I could never express the way you really feel in love as you. You describe in perfect imagery how I feel. A little girl wrapped inside and he gets you as he wraps his hand around the heart inside you... But how could he never feel what you felt so strong ? Mazzy Starr was a great time in my life for enlightenmen t ! I need you still !
I was named after this band. Literally my name is Mazzy and my middle name is Star. I'm so glad I was named after this..<3
I feel somewhat stupid I've not known this artist before this venue. So, So, complete.
taliaroze77
Oh, I bleed for u.
They just came up on my Mother Love Bone channel... heard two cuts and both thumbs up. Very dark, very deep.
Just discovered Mazzy a few months ago. Sexy vocalist.
mamacita i love u...
Thanks for the best show ever in portland
Not only is her (Hope Sandoval) voice absolutely amazing in its haunting almost flat tone but the whole sound the duo create is so true and unique even when compared to the sound of their peers, Cowboy Junkies etc. Even before Fade Into You received commercial success I had already purchased the CD, one of my first CD's even. All these years later I still have the CD and still enjoy listening to it as much as I did the first time I heard it.
Honest voice
I love everything about Mazzy
... The song was written by lyricist Hope Sandoval and composer David Roback, JUST TO CLARIFY MAZZY WROTE FADE INTO YOU
SHE TRIPPY AND FULL OF VIBES :)
cpmccann
Great. Ignorance breeds ignorance: itsjess27 leaves a stupid post, ladirys1204 perpetuates the motion in the abyss of dead brain cells. Get lives you two.
Mazzy Star - love this song. Close your eyes and float away on the rhythmic melody.
itsjess27
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you do not post this comment to at least three songs, you'll die in two days. Now you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes. When it's done press F6 your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works.
dlambert489
You realize that Fade Into You is a Mazzy Star original?
carlarajnus
How about that top notch drummer, Keith Mitchell!
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